Definition of hemlock
1a : any of several poisonous herbs (such as a poison hemlock or a water hemlock) of the carrot family having finely cut leaves and small white flowersb : a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock
2 : any of a genus (Tsuga) of evergreen coniferous trees of the pine family; also : the soft light splintery wood of a hemlock
Examples of hemlock in a Sentence
Socrates died after drinking hemlock.
Recent Examples of hemlock from the Web
Experts compare the beetle’s lethal potential to the blight that wiped out chestnut trees a century ago and to the insect that is now steadily killing hemlocks across the Southern Appalachian mountains.
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Origin and Etymology of hemlock
Middle English hemlok, from Old English hemlic
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
HEMLOCK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hemlock for English Language Learners
: an evergreen tree with soft wood
: a type of poisonous plant that has small white flowers
: a deadly drug or drink made from this plant
HEMLOCK Defined for Kids
Definition of hemlock for Students
1 : an evergreen tree related to the pine
2 : a poisonous plant with small white flowers and leaves divided into many parts
Medical Definition of hemlock
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